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Eating Disorders Survey

Survey Results: 38.5% of eating disorder victims have also been diagnosed with ADD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

photo used under a creative commons license Over the past couple of years I have been collecting data from a survey I designed to better understand the uniqueness of the eating disorder population. Some of the responses are pretty interesting. I’ve found that many of my patients, as well as many responders to my survey have also been diagnosed with ADD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  According to my survey, 38.5% of eating disorder victims have also been diagnosed with ADD or OCD. These mental illnesses can be the trigger or the result of an eating disorder. Thus, treatment for the eating disorder must also include treatment of contributing illnesses. Here are the current, detailed results from my survey. If ...
ADHD and eating disorders

ADHD and Incidence of Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders Common In ADHD Girls: Compulsive Behavior Tied To Body Image Problems Girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are more likely to have an eating disorder, a new study said. “Adolescent girls with ADHD frequently develop body-image dissatisfaction and may go through repeating cycles of binge eating and purging behaviors that are common in bulimia nervosa,” said University of Virginia psychologist Amori Yee Mikami. ADHD is thought to be three times more common in boys than girls, so researchers are still learning its long-term effects on girls. But eating disorders are 10 times more common in girls. “Our finding suggests that girls may develop a broader range of problems in adolescence than their male counterparts,” Mikami said. She said ...
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